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The Wife's Lament Over time, there have been several interpretations of who the speaker of The Wife's Lament could be. These range from quite interesting ideas to ones which seem a little rough round the edges. It is obvious that no sure answer can be found on account of the fact that whoever wrote this poem is dead and the response will always be in speculation if it is accurate. Hopefully, in the end of this quest I will be slightly more enlightened as to who the true speaker may truly be. There are a number of things that we do understand about this poem. It is most often referred to as an elegy due to the mood of mourning and regret. Upon further reading I found this poem is similar to others of its time period. Many parallels can be seen between The Wife's Lament and The Wanderer. The Wanderer is a poem about a guy that is exiled as a result of war and details his gloomy existence from the wintry wilderness. Another poem that looks Like The Wife's Lament is Wulf and Eadwacer. In both these poems, the speaker has been interpreted for a girl unlike other poems of the moment. Wulf and Eadwacer is really about a girl that has been involved with two guys, the dreaded love-triangle. When the woman was separated from her lover, Wulf, she's taken into the comforting arms of another guy, Eadwacer. This causes her enjoyment but also pain over the missing love of Wulf. Hence the lament of this woman is very much like the speaker at The Wife's Lament. The many interpretations of The Wife's Lament may argue on who the speaker is, but there is one thing that can not be denied. There's no doubt that this suggestion is all about lamenting exile and the trials that the speaker has to face due to this exile. Regardless of that the speaker is, he's wroug...